The Konawaena Wildcats know travel, all right.
Come Christmas week, the six-time Hawaii girls basketball state champions will fly to Washington D.C. to play in the Title IX Tournament and Conference.
Coach Bobbie Awa’s team has won six HHSAA state titles in the past 12 years, including last season’s crown. The Wildcats are led by four Star-Advertiser All-State Fab 15 selections: player of the year Chanelle Molina, Celena Jane Molina, Ihi Victor and Cherilyn Molina.
The tournament will be held Dec. 27-30 at the D.C. Armory.
In a press release, Awa said: “This experience will last a life time for some of our girls. We’ve been invited to other good tournaments, but this is an opportunity for them to learn about Title IX, where their opportunities came from.”
Last year’s squad finished at No. 23 nationally and knocked off nationally-ranked Riverdale Baptist (Md.) and Miramonte (Calif.) en route to a 31-1 season.
Playing in Awa’s Kona Stingrays club program, many of the Wildcats have travelled to the West Coast to play in summer tournaments. This is believed to be the first trip to the East Coast by a Hawaii high school girls basketball team.
The Wildcats girls basketball team is now seeking a title sponsor for the trip. For more information, call Coach Awa at 896-6433, athletic director Bill Trumbo at 936-5708 or team booster Bobby Command at 895-2416.